Old Maine "Corn Shop" Images

These black and white photographs offer a rare inside look at a forgotten era of Maine's supremacy in the sweet corn canning industry (1860-1960). More than 140 "corn shops" (canning factories) operated in dozens of small towns around the state. When the corn came in to process, the factory became a central part of rural life. Almost everyone in town had some connection to the corn shop, whether a farmer growing sweet corn or his wife husking the corn. The pictures in the slide show are from the Don Mills Collection, Poland, Maine, courtesy of the Minot Maine Historical Society. All images are of the same corn shop, Burnham & Morrill Co. Corn Shop #5, which was located at Minot Corner between the Methodist Church and the Little Androscoggin River.

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